Love, Rubio Among West's Vote Leaders In NBA All-Star Balloting Third Returns

Love, Rubio Among West's Vote Leaders After All-Star Balloting Third Returns

The NBA today announced Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fourth among the Western Conference frontcourt with 483,031 votes received, while guard Ricky Rubio is tenth among Western Conference backcourt leaders with 97,265 votes after the third returns in the 2014 NBA All-Star Balloting program. Votes included in the third ballot returns reflect votes received through Monday night at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Love is averaging 26.1 points (3rd in NBA) and 13.2 rebounds (2nd) per game this season, attempting to become the first player to average 25+ points, 13+ rebounds and 4+ assists in a season since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975-76. Only 11 players in NBA history have finished in the top 3 in both scoring and rebounding, while just two players have done it in the last 30 years (Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett). Love has recorded a league-leading 30 double-doubles this season and has tallied eight of the league’s 12 games this season with 25+ point, 15+ rebound, 5+ assist games.

Rubio is averaging 8.8 points, 8.3 assists (6th in NBA), 4.7 rebounds and a league-leading 2.7 steals per game this season. Rubio has handed out double-digit assists in 11 games this season, including recording six double-doubles and the second triple-double of his career earlier this year against the Lakers on Nov. 10. He’s recorded a league-high 20 games this season with 3+ steals, including a league-best six games with five or more.

Miami’s LeBron James (1,076,063), Indiana’s Paul George (899,671) and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (702,869) pace the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt players, while Miami’s Dwyane Wade (718,109) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (652,522). Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (1,054,209) paces the frontcourt in the West while Houston’s Dwight Howard (509,116) and the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin (500,964) rank second and third respectively. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (844,538) and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry (677,372) pace all Western Conference backcourt players.

Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, and starters will be announced live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 23, during a special one-hour edition of the Emmy Award-winning pregame show Inside the NBA at 7 p.m. ET. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at the Miami Heat (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m. ET). Reserves will be announced on Thursday, Jan.30, also on TNT.

The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be exclusively televised on TNT from New Orleans Arena on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The All-Star Game, also broadcast live on ESPN Radio, will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

NBA All-Star Balloting 2014 presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for NBA All-Star Game 2014. This year, the NBA expanded social media voting to include Instagram. Fans can use Instagram to vote by posting an original photo, using #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name in the photo caption. Fans can vote for 10 unique players per day.

For the second year in a row, NBA fans can vote via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblog in China. Twitter voting allows fans to tweet a vote for 10 unique players each day throughout the All-Star balloting period. The tweet must include the player’s first and last name, along with hash tag #NBABallot. Facebook voting allows fans to comment on official league, team, or international NBA All-Star Facebook pages by commenting below the post with #NBABallot and the player’s first and last name. Voters can select 10 unique players per day.

NBA fans can also access the ballot and vote through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint applications, available on Android and iOS. Fans can fill out one full ballot per day, through the NBA Game Time and NBA Game Time from Sprint application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

There are several other ways fans can cast their votes as part of this season’s all-digital program including: in 11 languages on, through SMS voting by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting on any wireless device. Fans can vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player's last name. Message and data rates may apply. Voters can fill out one full ballot per day on from a desktop or mobile browser.

NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 12th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2014 will include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. The 2014 game will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in New Orleans. The city also hosted the event in 2008.

Western Conference

1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,054,209
2. Dwight Howard (HOU) 509, 116
3. Blake Griffin (LAC) 500,964
4. Kevin Love (MIN) 483, 031
5. LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) 404, 793
6. Tim Duncan 385,342
7. Anthony Davis (NOP) 224,956
8. Pau Gasol (LAL) 207,213
9. Andre Iguodala (GSW) 192,616
10. Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 156,792
11. DeMarcus Cousins (SAC) 148,604
12. David Lee (GS) 141,509
13. Chandler Parsons (Hou) 135,387
14. Omer Asik (Hou) 101,372
15. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 91,859

1. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 844,538
2. Stephen Curry (GS) 677,372
3. Chris Paul (LAC) 651,073
4. Jeremy Lin (HOU) 471,980
5. James Harden (HOU) 338,788
6. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 260,499
7. Tony Parker (SAS) 195,328
8. Damian Lillard (POR) 162,363
9. Klay Thompson (GS) 109,404
10. Ricky Rubio (MIN) 97,265

Eastern Conference
1. LeBron James (MIA) 1,076,063
2. Paul George (IND) 899,671
3. Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 702,869
4. Roy Hibbert (IND) 385,964
5. Chris Bosh (MIA) 304,986
6. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 164,021
7. Joakim Noah (CHI) 128,201
8. Andre Drummond (DET) 120,844
9. Tyson Chandler (NYK) 101,637
10. Jeff Green (BOS) 96,336
11. Luol Deng (CLE) 90,730
12. Carlos Boozer (CHI) 80,271
13. Paul Pierce (BKN) 72,581
14. David West (IND) 61,612
15. Brook Lopez (BKN) 58,477

1. Dwyane Wade (MIA) 718,109
2. Kyrie Irving (CLE) 652,522
3. Derrick Rose (CHI) 323,099
4. John Wall (WAS) 278,516
5. Ray Allen (MIA) 190,086
6. Rajon Rondo (BOS) 133,448
7. Deron Williams (BKN) 95,309
8. George Hill (IND) 89,428
9. Lance Stephenson (IND) 77,364
10. DeMar DeRozan (TOR) 68,985

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